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Democratic National Committee v. The Russian Federation, et al.

May 5, 2019 --

The Democratic National Committee has a civil complaint pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Russia, several Russian individuals and other defendants including the Trump Campaign, Donald J. Trump. Jr. ; Jared Kushner, Paul J. Manafort, Jr; Julian Assange; and Roger, J. Stone, Jr. The fourteen count complaint charges the defendants with, among other things, computer fraud and racketeering (economic espionage)

The complaint begins, "No one is above the law. In the run-up to the 2016 election, Russia mounted a brazen attack on American democracy. The opening salvo was a cyberattack on the DNC, carried out on American soil...."
In the next paragraph, the complaint alleges: "The Trump Campaign was a willing and active partner in Russia's efforts." The third paragraph alleges that "the Trump Campaign., Trump's closest advisors and Russian agents formed an agreement to secure Trump's grip on the Presidency through illegal means...." The thiry-fifth paragraph charges: "The illegal conspiracy inflicted profound damage upon the DNC.

Defendants undermined the DNC's ability to communicate the party's values and vision to the American electorate; sowed discord within the Democratic party at a time when party unity was essential to electoral success; and seriously compromised the DNC's internal and external communications."

Paragraph 70 declares: "The common purpose of the Defendants' conspiracy was to secure Trump's grip on the Presidency through illegal means." This paragraph adds that the defendants bolstered the Trump campaign, injured the DNC, and harmed Democratic chances in the election. Thereafter the defendants were said to have covered "up their collusion, with the aim "of keeping Trump in power through 2024." ( The text of the complaint can be found by googling "DNC Case 1:18-cv-03501-JGK".) John Batchelor, chatting on his radio show, April 30, with Professor Stephen F. Cohen, called the first volume of The Mueller Report (dealing with the collusion charge) "fiction." This term applies equally to the DNC's complaint. LPR believes the DNC complaint should be dismissed in light of the finding of The Mueller Report that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians.